Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris)
PHOTOGRAPHED IN: Pantanal. Largest contiguous wetland system in the world. Mato Grosso do Sul Province. BRAZIL. South America. RANGE: All of South America.
They are the largest rodents in the world - averaging 50kgs or 110Lbs. Largely aquatic mammals that feed on vegetation in and around swamps. They live in family groups of 10 - 30 animals. Due to their large litter sizes - up to 7 babies, they are are well suited to farming. They do not compete with cattle as they graze short grass near water.